John Travolta

Tuesday's Tune

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The American Treasure Tour is chock full'a music, and we love to talk about it. So today, we're going to meticulously examine a song that became something of a phenomenon upon its release in 1978:  "Summer Nights."  It was the third of ultimately six songs from the Grease soundtrack that placed in the international charts, reaching the fifth spot in the American charts (the title song and "Your The One I Want" both making number one before its release). The song tells the story of the brief love affair of Danny Zuko, played and sung by John Travolta, and Sandy Olsson, played and sung by Olivia Newton-John. 

But enough rambling on.  Come on out to the Treasure Tour to see an actual, authentic vinyl copy of the album - and listen to the song right here on our blog. (Full disclosure, we truly hope that the primary reason you don't come to experience the American Treasure Tour is not so that you can see this record album.  But if that's what it takes, we'll work with you on that.)

Gere-ing Up for the Treasure Tour

Heart throbs, blond beauties, A-list celebrities from the silent film era to today. That's what we promise at the American Treasure Tour. Okay, we promise lots and lots of different things, but there are plenty of photographs of actors scattered throughout the tour, including Richard Gere.

Didja know?
-  The Philadelphia native was born in 1949, then went to the University of Massachusetts on an acrobatics scholarship but never graduated. He dropped out to pursue a career in acting. He was never seen nor heard of again. Except, you know, in movies and stuff.

-   Richard and his first wife Cindy Crawford never had kids. He was fifty years old when his first son was born by second wife Carey Lowell. He named his son after his dad: Homer Gere.

-   He was offered the role of John McClain in 1988's Die Hard but turned it down. Bruce Willis has since made seventy-four movies in the franchise. (Okay, we don't mean to exaggerate. We mean seventy-three.)

-   Gere made it big after starring in three critically-praised films: 1978's Days of Heaven, American Gigolo two years later, and An Officer and a Gentleman in 1982. John Travolta had been the first choice for every one of them and turned them all down.

-   Here's middle name is Tiffany, his mother's maiden name.